The San Diego County Fair is here!

    It’s that time of year again boys and girls! FAIR TIME! Every San Diegan knows about the San Diego County Fair. Held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the fair draws 1.4 million visitors annually. The team at Jacobo Realty is so excited about the fair we are devoting a week’s worth of blogs to the event. After you read this one about the fair theme and events, be sure to check out our other blogs on the fair foods and on special ways to save money this year at the fair.
    The theme for the 2015 San Diego County Fair is “A Fair to Remember: Celebrate the World’s Fairs and Balboa Park,” and commemorates the centennial anniversary of the 1915 Panama – California Exposition held in Balboa Park.
    The “It All Started at a Fair” exhibit will highlight creations and structures that were first unveiled or specifically built for fairs, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Space Needle, IMAX films and the first ever Ford Mustang.
    Along with the usual features, such as a bevy of car shows, Family Funville, ride and animal exhibits, there will be several new attractions. The Distilled San Diego Spirit & Cocktail Festival on June 27 will include spirit and cocktail sampling and bartender competitions. The new Fiesta Village in Family Funville will include crafters selling handmade goods and food stands from Central and South America. The Farm to Table Dinner June 6 is billed as a five-course meal in which local farmers will walk participants through each pairing of food and drink. Tickets are a cool $128.
    The Summer Concert Series opened June 5 with KC and the Sunshine Band. Highlights include Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick (June 10), Colbie Caillat (June 13), Gregg Allman (June 18), Switchfoot (June 19) and Little Big Town (June 24). Comedian Dana Carvey will play on the 4th of July.
    The first ever San Diego County Fair was held in 1880. After being suspended during World War II, the fair moved to the Del Mar Fairgrounds in 1946, where it has remained since. The fair employs 160 full time staff, and approximately 3,000 seasonal employees.
    Last year, the fair drew 1.457 million people, the second-highest attendance in its history. In 2012, it brought in a record 1.517 million, an average of 63,200 people per day.
    The fair will run for 25 days, from June 5 at 4 p.m. through July 5. It’s closed on Mondays and the first two Tuesdays.
    The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County and one of the top 10 Fairs in the United States, drawing more than 1.4 million visitors annually.
    Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children ages 6 to 12 and $8 for adults 62 and older. Entry is free for kids ages 5 and younger.

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